The Crunchy Cookie

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If you’re like me, you care about what goes into your cosmetics but don’t have a PhD in chemistry.  There are certain chemicals I know to avoid–like parabens, PEGs, phthalates, fragrances, anything ending in -eth–but it can be hard to know what I’m looking at when I’m looking at an ingredient list.

That’s why I’m so excited about the new Sunscreen Buyer’s Guide App from the Environmental Working Group.  It’s my favorite price (free!) and I can use it when I’m actually in the store looking at my options.  This is perfect for travel when I need to buy sun protection on-site and I’m unfamiliar with what’s available.  I also love that the App rates not only the UVA and UVB protection in the products but the UVA/UVB balance and the stability of the sunscreen, ensuring that what you purchase lives up to your expectations.

Also, when you find a product that meets your criteria, you can purchase it through Amazon.com by pressing a button on the App and it will help support EWG.  It’s a nice way to give and get something in return!

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  1. Catherine
    2:15 pm on July 7th, 2010

    Do you have a few sunscreen standbys? I don’t have an iPhone and never know which sunblock to buy. Which ones are your favorites?

  2. Sarah
    11:14 pm on July 8th, 2010

    Hi Catherine,

    Thank you for posting! My two favorites right now are Juice Beauty’s SPF 30 Mineral Light Moisturizer for daily use on my face, neck and hands and Vanicream’s Sunscreen Sport SPF 35 for my body. The Mineral Light Moisturizer helps even out my skin tone (I always get compliments on my skin when I wear it) and I can wear it under my eyes without irritation (a tip I learned from Juice Beauty co-founder Melissa!). My skin’s taken a turn for the oily this summer, so a little of the Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Powder complements the moisturizer really well by providing a nice matte finish and keeping my breakouts to a minimum. The Vanicream is my choice for effective protection while having fun in the sun because I can find it easily in my local area and it’s highly rated by EWG.

    Also, you can view the EWG’s Sunscreen Buyer Guide online! It may help you research before you buy in-store or you can buy online through their store on Amazon.com where some of the proceeds go directly to the EWG.

    Happy hunting and please post in the comments section if you discover a new favorite or two yourself!

    Best,
    Sarah